(techmantle.com) For those of you who don’t know, Louis Chiron was one of the main contributors to the Bugatti legend. Chiron owned and operated a car dealership in Nice, France. William Charles Grover better known by his pseudonym Williams, another soon-to-be-famous Bugatti driver, was his business partner. During this time of his life Chiron first established contact with Ettore Bugatti transfering a car for him to the Côte d’Azur. He was one of the most respected public figures of Europe’s racing royalty.
Rumors say that before Bugatti closes the door on the game-changing Veyron, they are set to make way for its successor, which may be called the Chiron. Georg Kacher at Automobile Magazine, a journalist with relatively high credibility says, “after considering many options, Bugatti decided that the Chiron should carry over the Veyron’s 8.0-liter W-16 engine, adding direct injection and electric assistance for at least two of its four turbos to bring output to an estimated 1500 horsepower and 1100 lb-ft of torque. The transmission will be a seven-speed dual-clutch and, like the Veyron, it will distribute its power through an all-wheel-drive system, this time with torque vectoring. Zero to 62 mph should take less than 2.5 seconds, allegedly.”
Although The Chiron top speed is unconfirmed, according to the report, would be 288 mph thanks in part to active air deflectors, while the rear spoiler will help the carbon-ceramic brakes bring the car to a halt.
Kacher also states he knows certain other details, such as that the interior, having three gauges, a speedometer up to 312-mph. He also states that the VW emperor Ferdinand Piëch himself proposed swing-up doors to alleviate the problem of prohibitively wide side sills.
The Chiron is expected in 2017 and will be named after Bugatti Legend Louis Chiron. Won’t be surprised if the Speedster costs anything less than $2.5 million. Stay tuned.
Henrik Fisker founder of Fisker Automotive may have cut ties with his namesake car company, but still has some of the most talented designers in the industry. Fisker has teamed up with Galpin Auto Sports to create what has been dubbed the “ultimate American muscle car,” which debuted this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Fisker and Galpin say they’ve literally turned this 2015 Mustang into a road-going rocket transforming it with wider fenders housing 21-inch wheels, an imposing hexagonal grille, and functional aerodynamic elements that include a rear spoiler and front splitter.
Galpin is also a major dealer for Aston Martin, where Fisker used to work, as well as owning a Ford dealership.
Fisker was introduced to Galpin while helping craft the DB9 and Vantage models during his employment with a British carmaker. While working for established car companies and starting “Fisker Automotive”, Henrik Fisker also owned and operated “Fisker Coachbuild”, which made restyled version BMW and Mercedes-Benz luxury cars. Fisker was definitely in his element building this 2015 Rocket Mustang with Galpin.
Only time can tell what else Fisker’s imagination can build in the years to come, but for now the Galpin’s 2015 Rocket Mustang will be available in limited numbers from Galpin itself and some hand-picked dealers, shipments are set to begin next year.
On November 7th of 2014, on the famous Circuit Paul Ricard located at Le Castellet in South of France, François Gissy has reached an incredible speed of 333 km/h on the rocket-propelled bicycle designed by his friend Arnold Neracher. More than 300 km/h on a skinny and completely stripped bicycle, this is amazing, and crazy! Who thought that one day a daredevil on a bicycle, with a rocket under the saddle, could travel the quarter mile in less than 7 seconds?
Data of the fastest run set on 7 November 2014:
Peak speed: 333 km/h (207 mph) attained after around 250 meters
Design: Arnold Neracher
Rider: François Gissy
You may not think of it as the most exciting car in the world, but the newly redesigned Volkswagen Golf compact car has been named Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year.The award is for all four available versions of the Golf. That includes the sporty Golf GTI, the diesel-powered Golf TDI, the electric-powered e-Golf and the basic Golf 1.8T. This seventh-generation version of the compact car is lighter and more fuel-efficient but still larger than previous Volkswagen (VLKAF) Golfs.
The Golf is like a small, inexpensive luxury car, Motor Trend editor-in-chief Ed Loh said. It is fun to drive but quiet with a smooth ride. Also, the body had the "some of the sharpest sheet metal creases in the industry and some insanely tight panel gaps," he said.
Volkswagen's engineering prowess is also displayed in the Golf's wide array of available engine and transmission options. Besides those already on the market here, the 292-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Golf R and the Golf SportWagen models will be available early next year, the magazine said.
"The Golf is studied by all the auto industry," Loh said. "It's a model of packaging efficiency."
Motor Trend also credited the new Golf for its interior and exterior styling and refinement and broad array of available equipment in even the cheapest versions. Prices for the Golf start at about $18,000.
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As the sun goes down, Tokyo transforms to a wild and exotic playground for those who like to pour on the speed. As a method of expression, the custom vehicle scene thrives in Japan. You'll meet some truly unique characters and get to ride along in some of the most exotic vehicles you've ever seen. Lamborghinis, Hayabusas, RWB Porsches, and some Kaido Racers make up a feast for the eyes on the streets of Tokyo at night.
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Masato "Boom Man" Iimura
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